How we used to live (serious topic)

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I'm gonna repost that thread from the old forum with Daysleeper's approval. It was very touching OP and i think it resonated with many of us.

Ok, I need to collect my thoughts and try to be as articulate and clear as I can.

A couple weeks ago I was in my local indoor swimming facility. After I was done swimming I sat down in the sauna and after awhile a middle-aged man enters with his younger daugther. She sits in his lap and he's joking with her and all of a sudden he just asks me some ordinary normal questions related to the pools and if there were lots of people in there, but the thing was, he was genuinely happy and I picked this up instantly and it almost brought me to tears. I answered him back that there were a little packed with some families with kids in the pool where they have a wave machine and then he looked at his daugther and says - Lets just throw in a shark there!! I laughed, not because it was the best joke in the world, but because of how he said it. I smiled all the time and he wished me a good day and I him.

THIS, right here, is what I miss so much! Have we totally forgot about this? I lived on this the whole weekend.

Has people forgot how to be humans???

At work,in parks,on the train,when we walk, when we ride our vehicles, when we wait in line, everywhere!

Smartphones,internet,facebook,snapchat,selfies,you tube,spotify, earphones in our ears 24/7.

Have we forgot how to talk, how to live, how to love, how to laugh, how to cry?

I think we have forgot how we used to live. For real. I think most of us are victims of this, in one way or another. And people used to call the television addicting.

Could you imagine a life without it all?



 

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Thanks for bringing the thread back here! I enjoyed reading, and writing, a lot.
 

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I grew up witnessing this transition from a non-technological driven world to a technological driven one.

What bothers me the most is how Social Media has become a weapon of mass influence and how moderate thinking is increasingly disappearing.

Politics didn't use to be the mess that it is nowadays. (Which is now somehow possible to be injected into any conversation)
People pick their favourite extreme and follow it by rule, idolizing a political spectrum, party or person as if they were their "lord and savior".
It's pretty bad, pretty bad. Almost like a cult or weird fundamentalist religion for some people.

There are other things that we have lost and forgotten over time, some that I cannot remember now. I'm just here to add my two cents to the conversation.

EDIT: Smartphones, I don't believe they are necessarily a problem. They are just a composite of a portable camera, radio and a typical mobile phone in one device. Things people had before they exploded in popularity.
The internet is the only thing we didn't have on our side all the time.
 
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Agree with this 100%. Just witnessing this can sometimes be a bit too much for me. And it's the same with TV nowadays, I mean just listen to the news, listen, to what is being said and how. It takes a few minutes to figure out which agenda the channel is pushing. And there's always some! They are being (ab)used by people in position of or in pursuit of power, and by means of polarization, deceit and whatnot. It's not just them, it's also the larger players, depends on who's funding it. But I won't really go deeper than this.

The internet can be such a wonderful place, and just browsing it, finding about certain books, people etc. has helped me know and understand myself better, get out of some dark times...but at the same time, it's probably what has caused them. But we're pretty much dragged in all the way, and seems like there's no escape.

So sometimes I'm like...fuck the laptop! Seriously. Fuck the laptop, and fuck the phone. I wish I didn't have them. Not because they are at fault (I am), but they stand in the way of personal happiness.

Sometimes I think I'd be much happier doing this for a living:


But then I occupy my mind with college and projects and whatnot, and all seems fine.
 
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Today while I was playing online with a friend, I was wondering if the big heads in power are making us believe that the world is becoming a better place, when in fact it's not.
I'm not sure I can explain how they would be doing that...

Maybe they would be pushing positive statistics and information, selectively, to give us an impression that things are getting better.
Maybe the world is becoming a better place to live and I'm just suffering from bias because I'm getting older.
It's hard for me to decipher who's wrong or right, you can't trust who's always thirsty for power and money.

Anyway, over the years I too have become a little more sensitive to the narrative of certain people and how they are often polarizing.
How often they're just trying to convince us of something so that we can fight against ourselves.

It is always quite convenient for those in power that there should be chaos and disorder. It's easier to create silly distractions, it's easier to incite hatred quickly and instantly.

Like you, many times in my life I have wondered whether or not it would be easier to live a totally different life, away from modern society and all that.
But the truth is that I've gotten very deep into this modern way of living and ended up becoming a slave to it too.
In other words, as good as it would be to escape this way of life, part of me would miss some comforts and modernities. Making it not the best option.

(for the first time in years I have used a translator so that my thoughts make more sense)
 
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I think people feel this somehow, instinctively. That's why all the conspiracy theories are gaining in popularity.

But think about it - who would have power (behind the scenes)? A large, rich corporation. And how to they earn their money? By having the world richer, able to afford and spend money on their products. When are people richer? When there's peace. I'm still not sure whether that's all there is to it, but it does need some thinking.

Anyways, I get the last paragraph from your post. Same here. I can live without Instagram, and will at some point have to, but I still need my phone, I still need my laptop. The problem is that I'm too used to them.
 

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>> Could you imagine a life without it all?
sure rofl i live this way and always did. computer/internet is a blessing, the rest is solely up to you i mean "just don't use it" all my music is on my local hard drive (with backups ofc) and i do stuff on pc so i just need it and i love it. my phone is switched off 90% (and it's not even a smartphone) of the time and no one can reach me if i go for a walk etc. i mean i do this not because of paranoia or something just because i don't need it/don't care. most problems are just in peoples heads. i am also very excited about new technology evolutions releases like new generations of cpus/gpus which allow you to do more/what you "couldn't" do before. so this all is more up to you. i am also waiting for webasm to mature right now it's dogshit like most web technologies. etc live is full of fun things but you should decide what you choose.


what a tune <3 love max graham's sidechain remixes <3
 
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I finding locating the balance between the two quite satisfying and something I would recommend.

My job involves a lot of screen time often accompanied with internet stuff to pass (render) time. After a long day of the stuff i often feel drained which is odd, because all I did to feel tired was basically sitting.

The alternation between that and basic human stuff such like taking care of / playing with my kid when i get home or an hour paddling/ sailing or occasionally sleeping outside under the clear sky or just... A walk with with wife for 45 minutes can almost tangibly bring my energy back.
 
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